Vivienne Westwood backs UK's live solar-powered crowdfund
The first live crowdfund in the UK – backed by Dame Vivienne Westwood – aims to generate millions of pounds worth of investment and create a long-term legacy within the renewable energy sector.
The ‘Off the Grid’ live crowdfund was hosted by Trillion Fund – an organisation 'aiming to drive forward the $1 trillion of annual global investment required to reach the scale of clean energy generation needed to prevent further global warming through crowdfunding'.
Dr Michael Stein founded Trillion Fund in 2009 after meeting James Lovelock – the scientist who formulated the Gaia Hypothesis and fellow of the Royal Society. “That meeting is what woke me up to the challenge,” Dr Stein said.
“I realised that as important as a global remit is, unless you can actually move money and capital and invest into renewable energy infrastructure, we weren’t going to be able to turn off the fossil fuel taps.”
Where I’m coming from is very simple – what’s good for the planet is good for the economy.
Guests at the Off the Grid solar-powered party in East London. Photo Credit: Trillion Fund
Dame Vivienne Westwood – whose appearance attracted the attention of the national press and figures from the entertainment industry – kicked off the event in a somewhat aloof style. “Well I haven’t planned what I want to say, I don’t know what’s going to come out of my mouth,” she said.
“We’re now at a point where we are aware of the incredible danger we face. Where I’m coming from is very simple – what’s good for the planet is good for the economy.
“Trillion Fund is creating the opportunity to invest in renewable energy on the level where people who’ve only got £50 can put their money into it,” the controversial fashion icon concluded.
She concluded her passionate speech: “My children won’t be asking ‘Daddy what did you do in the war?’ But ‘Mummy what did you do to fight climate change?’”
Renewable energy crowdfunding platform Trillion Fund announced earlier this year a merger between themselves and Buzzbnk – the UK's first crowdfunding platform for the social enterprise sector. The merger means that as a joint entity they are the biggest social crowdfunding platform in the UK.
Header photo credit: Trillion Fund